Lunch ideas and recipes for short breaks
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3 quick & healthy lunch recipes: Perfect ideas for everyone working a 9 to 5

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For those on the go during the working week, working from home with sometimes not even 30 minutes of break, finding the time and energy to prepare a healthy lunch can be a challenge. With these three quick and easy lunch ideas, you can enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal in no time while still enjoying some of your lunch break for other things like preparing and eating food. Perfect for those with busy schedules, these recipes can be prepared in 5, 10 or 20 minutes, making them the perfect option for a quick lunch break. The 20-minutes-recipe can even be made the night before.

3 easy & healthy lunch ideas

In all recipes you have the chance to change the ingredients to your personal preference. This can be the ideal inspiration for you but doesn’t need to made exactly as I suggest.

1. Lunch recipe: Vanessa’s avocado bread (with shrimps)

A hearty and flavorful combination


  • Shrimps
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Yoghurt
  • Olive oil
  • Bread
  • Salt & Pepper

Time needed: 5 – 10 minutes

This creamy and filling lunch is packed with healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the shrimp and fibre from the bread. To make the avocado cream, simply blend the avocado, lemon juice, yoghurt and olive oil with a fork until smooth. Season it with salt and pepper. This step can be done ahead of time, so when it’s time for lunch, the meal is super quick to put together. Fry the shrimps in a pan until they are done. This usually doesn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes depending on your stovetop. Spread the cream on slices of your favorite bread and top with the fried prawns. This meal is filling enough to get you through the afternoon and delicious enough to look forward to every day.

2. Lunch recipe: Vanessa’s bulgur vegetable salad

A fresh and nutritious option


  • Bulgur or couscous
  • Vegetabable of your preference
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper

Time needed: 25 minutes

Full of vitamins, minerals and fibre from the fresh vegetables, this light and refreshing salad is a great option for a summer lunch. Cook the bulgur according to the instructions on the packet. During this cut all your vegetable and let it fry in a pan. Cover with some water to speed up cooking time. When the bulgur and vegetable is ready, mix it all together. I prefer vegetables such as tomatoes, red pepper and sugar snaps and zucchini. Dress with olive oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Let it sit over night or enjoy right away. This salad is easy to pack for work and can be eaten cold or at room temperature, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

3. Lunch idea: Vanessa’s tortilla wrap with lettuce, carrots and cream cheese

A simple and satisfying wrap


  • Tortilla wrap
  • Lettuce
  • Cream Cheese
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper

Time needed: 5 minutes

This wrap is a great option for a quick and easy lunch. Simply spread cream cheese on a wholemeal tortilla and top with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. Season it with salt & pepper. Roll up the tortilla and cut in half for a portable meal that is easy to eat on the go. The cream cheese adds a creamy and satisfying texture, while the lettuce, tomatoes and carrots provide crunch and a boost of vitamins. This meal can be put together in 5 minutes, making it a great option for those with busy schedules and limited lunch breaks.

With these three quick and easy healthy lunch ideas, you’ll never have to sacrifice taste for convenience again. Perfect for the busy work week, these recipes can be prepared in 5, 10 or 25 minutes, making them a great option for those with a limited lunch break. So why not shake up your lunch routine and try these delicious and nutritious dishes!

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